Conference: Lost Experiments in Soviet Art (U of Chicago)

Date of event: October 5-7

Those in the Chicago area are invited to attend the Lost Experiments in Soviet Art conference and music festival, both with wonderful lineups. With the exception of the last concert (at Pianoforte, tickets $15), all events are at the University of Chicago, and are free and open to the public. For more information see the UC website, or contact Julia Vaingurt (, Miriam Tripaldi (, or William Nickell (

Found in Time: Lost Experiments in Soviet Art, 1940-1960

Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

University of Chicago, October 5-7, 2017


CONFERENCE Day 1  (Fulton Hall)

4:00 p.m. Opening Remarks: Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois, Chicago)

4:15 p.m. Panel I

Richard Taruskin (University of California, Berkeley) – Коле посвящается (Dedicated to Kolya)

Miriam Tripaldi (University of Chicago) – On Experimentation within Classic Forms

CONCERT I   Power in Sound: The Music of Galina Ustvolskaya

Riva & David Logan Center for the Arts, 8:00 p.m. Admission free.

Composition No. 1 Dona Nobis Pacem

Composition No. 3 ‘Benedictus’’

Symphony No. 4 ‘Prayer’

Symphony No. 5 ‘Amen’

Piano Sonata No. 3

 DePaul Ensemble 20+
with Liz Pearse (voice)
Michael Lewanski, conductor.

Also featuring:
Kuang-Hao Huang, Kevin Harrison, Andrew Rosenblum, Shanna Gutierrez.


CONFERENCE Day 2 (Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts)

10:00 a.m. Keynote Address :  Marina Frolova-Walker (University of Cambridge) – The Outtakes

11:15 a.m. Panel II 

Lidia Ader (Rimsky-Korsakov St. Petersburg Conservatory) – A Not-Quite Soviet Hero

Simon Morrison (Princeton University) – Ustvolskaya and Reckoning

Discussant: Seth Brodsky (University of Chicago)

1:45 p.m. Panel III 

Caryl Emerson (Princeton University) – Krzhizhanovsky’s Moscow Sketches (Partial Visibility during Total War)

Anton Svynarenko (University of Illinois, Chicago) – The No-Time of War in Pavel Zaltsman’s The Puppies

Discussant: Alisa Ballard (Ohio State University)

3:00 p.m. Panel IV 

Matthew Kendall (University of California, Berkeley) – Double Vision: Stereoscopic Cinema and Aleksandr Andrievskii’s Two Creative Lives

Lilya Kaganovsky (University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana)  – Zhenshchina s kinoapparatom / The Woman with the Movie Camera

Discussant: Robert Bird (University of Chicago)

CONCERT II Then/Now: Ustvolskaya and the Next Generation

Riva & David Logan Center for the Arts, 8:00 p.m.  Admission free.

Marina Khorkova: a_priori

Dariya Manimova: Déjà vu

Galina Ustvolskaya: Trio for clarinet, violin, piano

Galina Ustvolskaya: Grand Duet for cello and piano

Performers: Seth Parker Woods, Jeff Kimmel, Shanna Gutierrez, Tara Lynn Ramsey, Andrew Rosenblum, Chris Narloch.


CONFERENCE Day 3  (Franke Institute for the Humanities, Regenstein Library)

10:00 a.m. Panel V

Vladimir Orlov (St. Petersburg State University)  Prokofiev and “Soviet Jazz”: the cantata Flourish Mighty Land

Anna Katsnelson (Boston University) – 99 Red Balloons: The Whimsical Seriousness of the Soviet Aerial Fantastic

Discussant: Colleen McQuillen (University of Illinois, Chicago)

11:15 a.m. Panel VI

Boris Gasparov (Higher School of Economics, St. Petersburg) – The Composer as Listener: Gavriil Popov and the Question of Avant-Garde subjectivity

Olga Panteleeva  (Princeton University) – Ustvolskaya Remembered

Discussant: Maria Cizmic (University of South Florida)

12:30 p.m. Lunch and Final Discussion  

William Nickell (University of Chicago) and Julia Vaingurt (University of Illinois, Chicago) – Finding What We Are Looking For

Closing Remarks: Miriam Tripaldi (University of Chicago)

CONCERT III   The Sonatas of Galina Ustvolskaya

Pianoforte (1335 S Michigan Avenue), 3:00 p.m.  Admission $15

Concert talk by Maria Cizmic

Sonata No. 5 for piano (1986)
Sonata No. 4 for piano (1957)
Sonata for Violin and Piano (1952)
Sonata No. 2 for piano (1949)
Sonata No. 6 for piano (1988)

Performers: Tara Lynn Ramsey (violin), Christopher Narloch (piano), Kuang-Hao Huang (piano), Andrew Rosenblum (piano) Christopher Wendell Jones (piano)

Concerts organized by Nomi Epstein and Shanna Gutierrez.   Conference organized by Julia Vaingurt, Miriam Tripaldi, and William Nickell